LaLiga 2021/22 Matchday 28 Review, Stats & Team of the Week

LaLiga matchday 28

It was a pretty low-scoring weekend in LaLiga, at least until Barcelona got into the swing of things with a dominant display against Osasuna on Sunday. We had an important win for Elche in the big relegation six-pointer against struggling Granada while Sevilla’s title credentials took a further knock with a draw in Vallecas. Read on for our LaLiga matchday 28 review featuring all the results, xG data, stats and team of the week.


LaLiga Matchday 28 Results & Expected Goals

Friday 11th March 2022

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Cadiz (xG: 0.66-0.82)

Saturday 12th March 2022

Levante 1-1 Espanyol (xG: 1.26-0.48)

Granada 0-1 Elche (xG: 1.34-1.33)

Villarreal 1-0 Celta Vigo (xG: 1.17-0.93)

Getafe 0-0 Valencia (xG: 1.21-0.25)

Sunday 13th March 2022

Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Sevilla (xG: 0.63-0.41)

Real Betis 1-0 Athletic Club (xG: 0.85-0.71)

Real Sociedad 1-0 Alaves (xG: 3.05-0.67)

Barcelona 4-0 Osasuna (xG: 3.90-0.11)

Monday 14th March 2022

Mallorca 0-3 Real Madrid (xG: 1.18-1.82)

xG data in this post comes via Understat. Other stats are via Whoscored.


Matchday 28 – Stats & Star Performers

Team Stats

Most PossessionBARCELONA – 72% 
Highest Pass Success RateBARCELONA – 92% 
Lowest Pass Success RateALAVES – 63% 
Most ShotsBARCELONA – 24
Fewest ShotsSEVILLA – 3
Highest xGBARCELONA – 3.9
Lowest xGOSASUNA – 0.11
xG Over-PerformerATLETICO MADRID – 2 Goals from 0.66 xG
xG Under-PerformerREAL SOCIEDAD – 1 Goal from 3.05 xG
Highest AttendanceBARCELONA vs OSASUNA – 54,507
Lowest AttendanceRAYO VALLECANO vs SEVILLA – 9,073

The standout team performance this week came from Barcelona as they totally dominated their game against Osasuna. They set matchday highs for possession, passing accuracy, shots on goal and xG. Meanwhile their opponents only managed to create 0.11 xG, the lowest figure of any team in LaLiga this weekend.

There wasn’t a great deal of action in many of the other games with Real Sociedad the only other team to manage more than 2 xG, although Real Madrid did score 3 in their comfortable win at Mallorca on Monday night. Atletico Madrid were also victors but utterly unconvincing ones with only 0.66 xG against lowly Cadiz who competed very well at the Wanda Metropolitano and were unfortunate to lose 2-1.

Individual Stats

Most ShotsFERRAN TORRES (Barcelona) – 6
Most Completed PassesJORDI ALBA (Barcelona) – 114
Most Key PassesVINI JUNIOR (Real Madrid) & OUSMANE DEMBELE (Barcelona) – 5
Most Completed DribblesSAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villarreal) – 9
Most Aerials WonVEDAT MURIQI (Mallorca) – 9
Most Successful TacklesPABLO MAFFEO (Mallorca) – 10
Most InterceptionsKEVIN VAZQUEZ (Celta Vigo) – 6

Barcelona players also feature heavily in the individual stats this week. Ferran Torres had the most attempts on goal and also netted twice in his team’s 4-0 victory while Jordi Alba completed the most passes on this matchday with 5 more than teammate Eric Garcia. It was Ousmane Dembele who completed the most key passes as the Frenchman continued his fine form with a couple of assists for the Catalan giants.

Elsewhere there were big numbers from Samuel Chukwueze who completed no fewer than 9 dribbles for Villarreal in their 1-0 home win over Celta Vigo, a match which also saw Kevin Vazquez set a matchday high of 6 interceptions.

The Mallorca-Real Madrid game also saw the home team’s forward Vedat Muriqi win 9 aerials while Pablo Maffeo won 10 tackles, both matchday highs but not enough to save the Balearic Islanders from a heavy defeat.


Sorare LaLiga Fantasy Team of the Week

LaLiga best XI matchday 28

It’s no surprise given some of the stats featured above, that four Barcelona players make the team of the week. Full-backs Jordi Alba and Dani Alves continue to roll back the years but the young guard is shining too with 17-year-old Gavi underlining his huge potential once more with a terrific display against Osasuna.

Vini Junior and Karim Benzema also linked up once more to great effect for Real Madrid who are now 10 points clear at the top and surely on course for the title. The other standout individual score came from a predictable source with Dani Parejo starring once more for Villarreal as they defeated Celta.

Sorare Player of the Week: Ousmane Dembele (98)

There were no perfect 100’s this week but Ousmane Dembele got mighty close. The Frenchman has quickly won many of the boo boys back around at Camp Nou with two assists helping him to score of 98 and the player of the week crown.

Sorare is a Fantasy Football platform with one of the most advanced scoring matrices. All players are scored from 0-100 based on performance. You can read our latest Sorare content here to find out more about it.


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Mark is a freelance writer based in Madrid. He has also lived in Seville and Barcelona and has written extensively about Spanish football. His work has been published by the likes of Guardian Sport & World Soccer.

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